Los Angeles native Karla Diaz Sayles joined the Junior League of Los Angeles in 2007. Over the last ten years, Karla has gained broad experience through placements exposing her to JLLA’s efforts in advocacy, training, fundraising, direct service, and governance. Her leadership roles include chairing the New Member Training Team and Project Research and Development Committee, incubating a new community project with the Alliance for Children’s Rights, and serving as Membership and Community Director. She has served on JLLA’s Board of Directors in 2011-12 and again since 2015. Karla is a proud graduate of JLLA’s Leadership Development Institute and Board Fellows Program, and has participated in the Association of Junior Leagues International’s Organizational Development Institute and Southern California Leadership Network’s Leadership Los Angeles Fellowship. She credits her leadership development and hands-on professional training to her involvement in the Junior League of Los Angeles.
Professionally, Karla serves as Director of Public Affairs for Warner Bros. Entertainment in Burbank, providing government, legislative and community affairs support to the studio.
In this role, she works to identify and resolve regulatory, operational, and community issues and engage key stakeholders to proactively position the company for continued success. She previously served as Health Deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, where she worked on key projects such as the opening of a new community hospital in South Los Angeles.
Karla holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies from Northwestern University and a Masters in Public Policy from Claremont Graduate University. She sits on the Board of UNIDOS, Warner Bros.’ Latino business resource group. Karla lives in Encino with her husband Matt, two sons Matthew (5) and Hunter (3), and three dogs. On her “free” time, she loves baking, travel, tennis, and watching movies.